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Amnesty for May 6 rioters will enhance government prestige - ombudsman

May 21, 2013, 17:22 UTC+3
The ombudsman also support the bid to grant amnesty to a considerable number of business persons who are serving their sentences in prisons
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MOSCOW, May 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said amnesty of the participants in the riots in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6 will enhance government prestige. Earlier, lawmakers from the Communist faction at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament Anatoly Lokot and Boris Kashin submitted a draft resolution to amnesty these persons.

"I support the State Duma lawmakers and public organizations' initiative to amnesty the persons who have been convicted or are under investigation in connection with the incident in Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012," Lukin said in parliament on Tuesday.

"I'm sure it will decrease the level of tensions in the society and enhance the prestige of both the State Duma and government in general, because humane solutions most often show the strength of government, not its weakness," the ombudsman underlined.

He reminded that monitoring of public events had been conducted since 2012. "The monitoring has shown that the organizational level, on the part of the applicants and law-enforcement bodies was quite high, on the whole; I'd even say civilized," Lukin noted.

He called the May 6 events "an exception."

The ombudsman also support the bid to grant amnesty to a considerable number of business persons who are serving their sentences in prisons.

 

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